Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve protects approximately 2,450 hectares of coastline. It contains eight marine habitat types that are representative of the area between East Cape and Mahia Peninsula, including inshore reef, rocky intertidal platforms and sediment flats.
The subtidal area of the reserve contains several distinct habitats. Down to about 10 metres in depth, a variety of seaweeds such as flapjack and kelp can be found and kina, marine snails, sponges and other animals are common. Fish species include spotties (paketi), banded wrasse (tangahangaha), red moki (nanua), hiwihiwi, butterfish (greenbone, marari), marblefish (kehe) and parore.
You may see hundreds of tiny crayfish in the crevices and overhangs, depending on the time of year. At between 10 and 20 metres depth, there are extensive kelp forests, which are home to many different fish species, such as scarlet wrasse (puwaiwhakarua), scorpionfish, sweep (hui) and leatherjackets (kokiri). Sponges, hydroids, anemones, soft corals and sea squirts thrive on the rock faces and overhangs.
Governance Type: Federal or national ministry or agency in charge
No Take: All
No Take Area km²: 24.0
Reported Marine Area km²: 24.0
fishing info: Fishing is Prohibited
protection focus: Unknown
primary conservation focus: Unknown
secondary conservation focus: Unknown
tertiary conservation focus: Unknown
Management Authority: Department of Conservation
Management Plan Type:
Management Plan Reference: http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-us/science-publications/conservation-publications/marine-and-coastal/marine-protected-areas/te-tapuwae-o-rongokako-marine-reserve-operational-plan/